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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216638
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 Kirkus Reviews, 3/15/13
“An honest memoir about infertility and parenting…An authentic look at the inability to conceive a child and an alternative route to pregnancy.”

Library Journal, 5/15/13
“Rohm here gives a transparent look at her struggles with infertility, inviting readers to open the closet and air out the room on the ‘dirty little secret’ that infertility can feel like…her natural storytelling talents are evident here. She has both a genuine voice and an interesting story; recommended.”

About the Author

Elisabeth Rohm has appeared in many movies and television shows and currently has a recurring role on Lifetime’s The Client List. She has been featured in InStyle, People, and USA Today. Her popular blog appears on People.com, and she lives with her family in Los Angeles. Elisabeth-Rohm.com

Eve Adamson has written or co-written more than fifty books, including Bethenny Frankel’s recent bestsellers. EveAdamson.com


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Very interesting and informative read.
Anonymous
This book purports to be about infertility, but is really merely an opportunity to for this actor to roll around in her own history and relationships.
TallulahMay
Elisabeth tells her story with real openness and sincerity and passion.
Nancy

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Julia FertileHeart on July 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Part of being a strong woman is speaking the goddam truth...This is no time to step back and be quiet. This is the time to speak..." says Elisabeth Rohm in the first chapter of Baby Steps.

I couldn't agree more! This is without a doubt a time to bear witness to the truth.

I also agree that there is nothing at all shameful about availing ourselves of medical technology such as IVF, egg donation or any other form of assisted reproduction, as long as we do what we can to protect ourselves, our children and anyone else involved in the process, from potential harm. In almost two decades I've celebrated many IVF-conceived babies with mothers who had prepared for the high-tech-trail attentive to internal cues.

Rhom's vision of a global network of women supporting one another on the scenic road to motherhood, is an equally valiant message. In fact, that vision has been a reality for some of us for quite a while. If Elisabeth Rohm had taken the time to Google high FSH (Rohm's diagnosis) or any other infertility related marker, chances are she might have found supportive communities of women doing just what she is urging us to do. In countless online fertility forums, many of us have been having deep conversations about the subjects Rohm wants to rally the Hollywood Sisterhood to talk about: feeling deserving, learning to ditch the self-blame game and love ourselves.

Had I not spent the last 19 years of my life in intimate dialogues with hundreds of the wounded veterans of the infertility techno-wars, I too might join the accolades for Baby Steps led by Dr. Sahakian, Rohm's fertility doctor and the director of Pacific Fertility Center in LA, who writes: "What Elisabeth is doing by writing her memoir...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alaina on December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this book hard to get into. As a woman who also went through IVF, I felt the first half of the book discussed Elisabeth's life growing up and throughout her career. It seemed like she was babbling on about things that I didn't care to hear about (job switching, moving states). She seemed very self-absorbed when I just wanted to hear her story about infertility....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on August 2, 2013
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This book is not about infertility and the ivf process. She dedicates one small chapter to her ivf process and is very vague about it, anyone who has been through or is going through ivf and is looking for a book to help you get through it this is NOT the book for you. This actress basically talks about how great she is as a person and actress the entire book she seems very vain and actually goes on a rant about how other actresses should be as Brave as she is and come out about there fertility struggles which just makes her sound like she thinks she's better than those of us to choose to keep our pain and struggles private from the world. I was hugely disappointed with this book and actually wish I could get my money back. I went into this book impartial about this woman as a person and actress and finished it not liking her as a person or an actress. This was not the book I was expecting after reading the description, I think it's being marketed as being for women with infertility and it really doesn't connect on that level. Women struggling with infertility and ivf are better off reading Bringing In Finn it's a much more honest heart felt detailed account of a woman's struggle with infertility and loss.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raychel on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is not so much a book about infertility and IVF as it is a memoir that includes the experience of each. The author spends much more time talking about her other experiences in life, which she tries and sometimes fails, to link to her journey through infertility. Although these incidents may indeed have a lot to do with each other in her eyes, as the reader I found the author did a poor job sometimes linking the subject matter so I often felt as if I was being thrust around in the book, being forced to look at various experiences and incidents in the author's life that I felt had no real meaning in the journey through infertility.

I must admit that I don't really know who Elisabeth Rohm is. I have never been a fan of any of the shows she has been in and had she not told me who she was and what shows she has been a part of in her book, I wouldn't have known. It was not her celebrity status and particular interest in who she was that drove me to this book, but instead I was interested in someone who was apparently somewhat well known talking openly about infertility. She does make an excellent case in this book over the fact that in Hollywood, women often refuse to talk about their struggles with infertility and most wouldn't dare admit that they used fertility treatments in order to conceive their children. I think she is definitely on to something with the fact that it has to do with perceived youth. Everyone knows that in Hollywood the men can age gracefully... but women, well they just get replaced with younger starlets.

Elizabeth's story of infertility may not touch the hearts of women outside of Hollywood who have suffered for years with infertility.
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